The meeting is Thursday, February 4, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:15 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM.
Continuing the fall/winter education theme, we will be learning a bit about botany and trees. The American Forests Big Tree Register website defines trees: “woody plants with one erect perennial stem or trunk at least 9 ½ inches in circumference (3 inches in diameter) at 4 ½ feet above the ground (breast height), a definitely formed crown of foliage, and a height of at least 13 feet.” Some of us have at least room for one real tree in our landscape. The butchery of trees in this area is abundant. By understanding a little botany, perhaps we will avert some of the butchery in our own landscape. Trees are an anchor in the landscape and environmentally important. They provide both strength and grace. They deserve respect and protection. This is an important topic.
About the Speaker: Dennis Swartzell, Principal, Horticulture Consultants, Inc.
Dennis is a Professional through and through with several recognitions from institutions such as UNLV, UNCE, SNWA, International Society of Arborists, Southern Nevada Arborist Group, and American Society of Landscape Architecture. He is an active member on the Board of Directors of ISA, and maintains active memberships in other related organizations. Dennis is a Certified Master Arborist and consulting arborist. His many years of volunteering and work in the industry support that he "walks the talk" and is a most welcome speaker.
(Other endeavors for which he is noted: Participation of professional peer reviews of five college campus landscape maintenance programs, one military base, and several corporate campuses. These include but not limited to: Rio Hondo Community College, Valeant Pharmaceutical campus, Costa Mesa, CA, Soka University, Aliso Viejo, CA, University of California, Irvine, California State University Long Beach, University of California, Davis, China Lake Naval Air Station).
Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE ENGAGED IN THE LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY. Club membership is nice, but not required.
TOPIC: "How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning"
Outings, Trips, and Gatherings:
- Feb 13: San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society Show and Sale
- April 2: Springs Preserve Plant Sale
- April 5 to 7: NGC Pacific Region Conference
- April 16: TENTATIVE CSSSN Show at Moon-Sun Sale
- April 23: Laura Dearing Elementary School Garden Tour
- April 30: Don Cromwell Cactus Landscape Tour
FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: This is what we've done and have planned for our meetings in this series: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell - How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning; March: Angela O'Callaghan; April: Round Table and open Discussion of Experienced Club Members; May: Bob Morris - Soils and Amendments; and we have plans for more! At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn!
RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The February Plant of the Month is a recap on Aloes. There is likely no accurate count of the number of different Aloe, including one with a common name of Tree Aloe. Perhaps Kelly Griffin can come back to Vegas and talk to us a bit his work with these "living humming bird feeders." Future sessions definitely concern small space design considerations, soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, transplanting, and botany. At least some Aloes will be in the raffle, a few other plants, more pumice, maybe some fertilizer, AND TREE CARE TOOLS. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection and adding some tools (THAT MUST BE USED APPROPRIATELY).
2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.
A few things I forgot:
If you are on Facebook, search for Flower Mountain Nursery (their photo on the left). This is their Opuntia Phaeacantha Var Persimmon. They have lovely photos and specialize in selling (& shipping) cold hardy cactus. They have plants that bloom in many shades of either red, orange, or yellow. This is a small business worth a peak.
Here is a new and revised book worth a peak. I have read some reviews, but have not received my copy yet. There are many plants in my collection that are anything but hardy; they are at least appropriate in some desert! Using this book as a reference tool, I may be able to employ more plants that are both native or are at least hardy in this desert even though they are native to another. AND IN MY OWN LITTLE BACKYARD SUPPORT MORE WILDLIFE. The book is available on Amazon. Panayoti Kelaidis posted a recommendation for it on Facebook.